Public reacts to Cruz, Kasich bowing out of race and the likely nomination of “The Donald”


Following Ted Cruz’s lead on Tuesday, John Kasich suspended his presidential campaign not even 24 hours later.

Cruz dropped out of the race after Donald Trump was the clear favorite in Indiana on Tuesday, leaving Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee before his two counterparts bowed out. 

“I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory,” Cruz told his supporters, “it appears that path has been foreclosed.” 

Trump received 51 delegates by winning Indiana’s, “winner take all” primary election on Tuesday, leaving no hope for Cruz or Kasich to get enough delegates for the GOP nomination or to stop Trump from being nominated. 

Many in Winchester said on Wednesday that they weren’t very focused on John Kasich, and his announcement that he is suspending his campaign wasn’t a big surprise.

Although now that Ted Cruz is no longer on the path to the White House, some of his supporters aren’t sure what to do next.

“Those who support Ted Cruz or those who do not support Donald Trump in the Republican party are going to have to think long and hard about how they are going to cast their ballots,” advised Beau Correll, a former congressional district co-chairman on the Ted Cruz for President campaign. 

Correll even received emails from newly-converted Hillary supporters – a symptom of Cruz leaving the race.

But other former Cruz supporters, like Winchester resident, Ted Lupton, said they’ll be happy to see Trump in Washington – if he gets there.

“We need somebody like Donald Trump, somebody whose got some moxie that’ll say what he means and mean what he says,” Lupton said. 

Lupton said he would never, ever back a Democrat.

While Cruz’s leave may be pushing some on the right toward Clinton, some on the left said they don’t know if she’s right for the job.

“Normally, I’m a Democrat, but I’m just…I’m just unsure,” said Wanda Figgins, a Winchester resident.

Although Figgins said she is sure where her vote won’t go.

“I know it’s not going to be Republican, because I think Donald Trump is an idiot. I’m sorry, but that’s the way I feel,” Figgins said.

The Republican Convention will be held this summer in Cleveland. 

Correll will attend as a delegate, but with Cruz out of the running for president, Correll said he is unsure how he will cast his ballots. 

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